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I know there has been mention on this forum regarding the pathetically weak tailgate on the new Tacos'. I was closing mine yesterday and noticed a small chip of paint missing just under the plastic top-cap of the Tailgate. Upon further investigation, and much to my horror and dismay.....the damn tailgate is friggin' cracked! Its cracked from the rear-side all the way across to the front-side. The crack is located dead-centre, and though some cut-outs along the top that the plastic cap snaps into.
I had previously noted that the tailgate was bowed out a bit the other day...so I pushed it back in using just the heel of my hand and a gentle shove....and thought no more about it.
I own a snowmobile and will state for the record that the rear end of the track rests on the tailgate when under transport. also for the record, the weight of this part of the snowmobile is such that I can easily lift it, AND, its surface area is such that the total lbs. per sq inch is less, by a wide margin, than the weight of an average man standing.
Now what gets me, and I am really pissed about this, how can any mfg. build a truck with a tailgate so weak and flimsy that it will bend, bow and crack with the weight of a man standing on it? How is this possible??? I took my truck to the dealer and showed them the damage, and they know me well there as someone who takes good care of my vehicle. I am worried that Toyota will not honor a warranty for this obvious piece of utter garbage they call a tailgate.
Has anybody else had a similar experience? This issue could be another 'paint-chip' issue that should be corrected by Toyota as an obvious flaw. I'm sure that a simple stiffener could be incorporated into the tailgate to alleviate this condition and demonstrate the usefullness of a Toyota truck.
I strongly suggest that if you have had a similar problem, or your truck's tailgate shows signs of bowing or bending, call the Toyota USA head office and lodge a complaint. When they hear enough complaints, they will have to issue a recall and fix the problem. Another new tailgate like the one we already have is NO SOLUTION. The design is flawed.
Ok, up-date: I just called Toytota Canada and lodged a formal complaint. The person I spoke with agreed that the weight of a man(i'm 170 lbs) should not cause a tailgate to bend and crack. If that were the case, a placard stating the limits should be placed on the tailgate.
So speak out everybody.....I just know that there will be many, if you look, bowing and possibly with cracks hiding under the top protective cap. These tailgates don't have a curve to them when new. C'mon Toyota, you can do better that that!
OK, end of rant.